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Wed Dec 26, 2012, 09:19 PM

GOP leaders demand Senate act first on fiscal cliff

Source: Washington Post

House Republican leaders said Wednesday that the ball was in the Senate’s court to avert the fiscal cliff, demanding that the upper chamber take up earlier House-approved bills in a legislative “ping-pong” until the two chambers reach a deal to avert austerity measures set to take effect next week.

In a joint statement, the four leaders said the Senate should at least amend the conservative drafts that the House approved last fall — one to extend expiring tax cuts for all income levels, the other to shut off automatic spending cuts on national security agencies — and send them back to the House over the weekend.

With just days left before the Jan. 1 deadline, when the federal government faces a series of tax increases and deep spending cuts, House Speaker John A. Boehner’s leadership team has decided that bouncing bills back and forth between the chambers would be the fastest way to reach a compromise.

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Senate Democrats have resisted any attempt to pin the outcome of the budget negotiations entirely on their chamber’s next step, suggesting that Boehner has to be a party to some compromise.


Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2012/12/26/gop-leaders-demand-that-senate-take-up-house-fiscal-cliff-bills/



This story is an example of the corporate media's continued portrayal of a false equivalency. When Harry Reid suggested that Romney paid close to zero in taxes, the corporate media aggressively attacked him and demanded that he substantiate his claims. However, when the GOP simply asserts that Democrats are responsible for trying to fix the mess that they created by virtue of their intransience, as well as their pursuit of a flawed Plan B, the corporate media does not hold Republicans accountable.

I recall a DUer complaining about President Obama's call to action and his request that the American people hold their representatives accountable. Well, this type of coverage underscores the need to put pressure on Congress and hold Republicans accountable for this type of B.S.

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TomCADem Dec 2012 OP
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A Simple Game Dec 2012 #2
kiranon Dec 2012 #3
loyalkydem Dec 2012 #4
shraby Dec 2012 #5
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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 10:08 PM

1. Ignore the House

Since it seems to be controlled by repuKKKes, and they have "brain cancer - otherwise known as Teabagger-syndrome" - screw them. We don't take up crap covered TP from the House. Nonsense is for fox, not for the Senate to deal with.

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Wed Dec 26, 2012, 10:21 PM

2. Not at all surprising, the Republicans can not lead, they can only react. n/t

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 11:38 PM

3. Boehner should convene the House before the Tea Party obstructionists

are back and pass the needed legislation with those Republicans and Democrats that are there. If you can't govern with them, govern without them. He is going to lose his speakership anyway and maybe this way he can at least outfox them and become speaker again at a later date. He will go down as a hero instead of a reject.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 11:51 PM

4. GOP leaders can kiss my left (shut your mouth)

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 12:42 AM

5. The Senate already passed a bill and sent it to the house...the house is sitting on it.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 12:47 AM

6. Hogwash

Right before Boehner's failed Plan "B" Nancy Pelosi attempted a legislative maneuver to force a bill already passed by the Senate onto the floor of the House but that required about 25 Republican House members to sign the request. The House, in other words is doing the exact same thing with a Senate bill that Boehner is crying foul of Sen. Reid for not scheduling a vote on 2 House bills. Well, what's good for the goose is good for the gander. Oh, and where is the media on all of this? No mention of the Senate bill tied up in Committee in the House...

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 05:53 AM

7. OK Harry call em on thier BS

 

Take the house bill strip out the Bush/Obama 12 Year Temporary Tax Cut and INCREASE Taxes on the 1% from there.

Take SS, Medicare, Medicaid and unemployment OFF the table.

Cut DoD 5-10%

Double infrastructure spending EXCEPT for Red States, give em austerity because that is what they want and voted for.

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